16th Annual ‘Calendar Kids’ Art Contest for Pediatric Kidney Patients Announced by American Kidney Fund

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Selected Artwork will be Featured in the 2012 AKF Calendar; Winners Receive Netbooks and Savings Bonds.

Budding Picassos, Rembrandts and Van Goghs, get busy! The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is kicking off its 16th annual Calendar Kids Art Contest giving pediatric kidney patients a chance to win prizes and have their artwork published in the organization’s 2012 calendar.

Thirteen winners will be selected from the entries, which must be received by April 29, 2011. Each winning artist will receive a netbook computer and a $1,000 education savings bond. This year, the cover art will be selected through online voting on the AKF website. The winning cover artist will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington with a parent or guardian.

“Each year we are inspired anew by the imaginative, colorful entries we receive from kids around the country,” said LaVarne A. Burton, President and CEO of the American Kidney Fund. “Their artwork and their stories demonstrate remarkable optimism and resilience in the face of serious disease.”

The AKF calendar is distributed nationwide to help raise awareness of kidney disease and the importance of prevention and early detection. More than 7,600 children in the United States have kidney failure, which can only be treated by dialysis or transplantation.

The Calendar Kids Art Contest is open to anyone 18 or younger who has kidney disease, is on dialysis or has received a kidney transplant. Additional details and an entry form are available on the AKF website.

About the American Kidney Fund
The American Kidney Fund fights kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need, health education and prevention efforts. It leads the nation in charitable assistance to dialysis patients: last year, 101,000 people—1 out of every 4 U.S. dialysis patients—received assistance from AKF for health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses. AKF also fights kidney disease through public awareness campaigns, free health screenings, health education materials and courses, online outreach, and toll-free health information HelpLine (866-300-2900). For more information, visit http://www.kidneyfund.org.

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